How do I stop previous miscarriages stealing our pregnancy?

I’m excited. I know I am. I’m not sure when the excitement started, maybe when I felt his movements and kicks. Maybe when I saw the relief on my wife’s face when we first heard the heart beat at our first midwife appointment or was it the 12 week scan? I know when it wasn’t though. It wasn’t when studying the pregnancy test stick with a torch in our kitchen looking for the second line. Seeing the second line. Hearing my wife’s excitement. “We did it, we did it. Are you happy?” Yes. I’m happy, I’m ecstatic. I’m also scared as hell. I feel dread coming over me, not even giving me a minute to enjoy the moment because the last time we saw two lines, after months of trying, it ended in disaster. Continue reading “How do I stop previous miscarriages stealing our pregnancy?”

Soggy semolina and concrete chips – My beef with school dinners.

Why is my son’s school making it difficult for me to help him choose his lunch (or dinner as they call it)? They had started so well. He enjoys it and it seems pretty healthy so what’s my problem? Oh that’s right. I’m a control freak. Continue reading “Soggy semolina and concrete chips – My beef with school dinners.”

I’ve known a few women to hit the roof, but never a glass ceiling.

Will we ever achieve true gender equality when discussions on the subject are themselves usually so discriminatory?

I was born in the 1970s. Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister. Her Majesty The Queen was our monarch. She still is. My Mum was the boss of our house with my elder sisters coming in second and third. My first, second, third, fourth…. teachers were all female. In fact I was on my sixth school before I had a male teacher. Continue reading “I’ve known a few women to hit the roof, but never a glass ceiling.”

How can I explain religion to my 3 year old without sounding like a liar?

Our neighbours had a dog. A giant, fluffy, friendly, chilled out golden retriever called Max. He was pretty old and really ill. He’d sit on their porch watching the world go by while the little man would come and give him fuss and love in a way that only a 3 year old can. So when Max died and they got a new puppy we had some explaining to do. Continue reading “How can I explain religion to my 3 year old without sounding like a liar?”

Beer and Babysitting – can dads really be trusted to look after their own children?

Funny Story: So me and the little man were at a local soft play center. They had a little swing gate between the toddler and baby areas. He loves gates, doors… pretty much anything with a hinge. It does get boring sometimes, not being able to pass a door. But having noticed the obsession I took the opportunity to use it as an early lesson into how not to get your fingers trapped and he never has. Continue reading “Beer and Babysitting – can dads really be trusted to look after their own children?”

What’s the point in wearing wellies?

IMG_20160419_074522Buying new shoes is always a drama. It is usually a two stage thing. Check the size on one visit, then buy shoes without trying and take them home or attempt a second visit for the fitting. Especially when buying wellies. Continue reading “What’s the point in wearing wellies?”